Sheila C. Johnson

Sheila C. Johnson

Salamander Hotels and Resorts
Sheila Johnson

  • Sheila C. Johnson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose accomplishments span the arenas of hospitality, sports, TV/film, the arts, education, women’s empowerment and community development.
  • As Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Ms. Johnson oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties in Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, and Louisiana. The equestrian-inspired Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia opened in 2013 and has since been recognized as one of the country’s finest properties.
  • As Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ms. Johnson is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, for which she serves as President and Managing Partner. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association.

In 2015, Ms. Johnson was named on Forbes Magazine’s Top 50 America’s Richest Self Made Women. And in 2016, she co-founded WE Capital, a venture capital consortium to support and empower female-led enterprises that transformational social change. Ms. Johnson has long been a powerful influence in the entertainment industry, starting with her work as founding partner of Black Entertainment Television. She has served as executive producer of four documentary films and helped to finance the Screen Actors Guild nominated feature film The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels. She is founder and chair of the Middleburg Film Festival.

A fervent supporter of education and the arts, Ms. Johnson serves on the Board of Governors of The New School’s Parsons School of Design in New York. She is also a board member of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Ms. Johnson served as a member of Accordia Global Health Foundation’s International Council, rallying support for the foundation’s efforts to overcome the burden of infectious diseases in Africa; from 2006 to 2009, Ms. Johnson served as global ambassador for CARE.

An accomplished violinist, Ms. Johnson received a BA in music from the University of Illinois, as well as honorary degrees from numerous other institutions. She lives in Middleburg, VA, is married to the Honorable William T. Newman, Jr., and has two children.